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[EVENT RECAP]: Training & Development Summit Take On Society Hill

Meeting 2.jpgPHILADELPHIA, PA – The Training & Development Summit and HR & Employee Benefits Summit hosted nearly 630 business meetings in Philadelphia on March 14-15, 2016. For executives attending the summit, it was an opportunity to connect, learn about and discuss the latest technologies and services in the industry.

HR, training and devlopment decision makers from companies including 4M Building Solutions, Dow Chemical, Johns Hopkins, Johnson & Johnson and Toll Brothers, Inc. met with leading solution providers offering a variety of services in the heart of downtown Philadelphia. “This event was like no other event I have ever been a part of,” exclaimed the Director of Human Resources from Martin Insurance Group, “You receive one-on-one time with vendors of your choice and get the time to learn about products you might not have realized were out there.”

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Industry thought leaders also hosted seminars for executive attendees, including New York Times bestselling author and Fortune 500 consultant, Daniel Schawbel.  Mr. Schawbel hosted an intimate seminar to 30 of our attendees, the same seminar that he will later present to more than 3,500 people at SHRM in Washington DC. Topics included leadership, recruiting, talent management, management training, and leveraging technology in the human resources industry.

“Not only was this experience great for meeting vendors, but also for getting the chance to talk to other individuals in similar roles to me,” said the Head of Senior Recruitment from Suarez Corporation following numerous networking activities and meals. Delegate attendees connected with both vendors and peers during a gala dinner where lobster ravioli and cheesecake were both a huge hit! Later that night, attendees took to the blackjack tables for a chance to win a grand prize.

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On day two, everyone was back to business for more meetings and seminars. Before heading back to their offices, attendees participated in a raffle prize drawing over lunch where National Vice President of Training from Toll Brothers, Cynthiann King, took home an online one-on-one assessment from Taking Flight Learning. Other winners included Rene Persin of Hartford Funds and Patrick Paul of Anderson Center for Autism who both took home Seiko watches. Vendors who participated in the draw prizes included DeVry University, Stewart Leadership and CareerArc.

Did you miss out on this summit? Don’t worry – you can participate in upcoming summits taking place in San Francisco, CA on November 14-15, 2016. For more information, contact Event Manager & VP of Business Development Shane Doherty, here.


[EVENT RECAP]: HR & Employee Benefits Summit Takes on Society Hill

Meeting 2.jpgPHILADELPHIA, PA – The HR & Employee Benefits Summit hosted nearly 630 business meetings in Philadelphia on March 14-15, 2016. For executives attending the summit, it was an opportunity to connect, learn about and discuss the latest technologies and services in the industry.

HR decision makers from companies including 4M Building Solutions, Dow Chemical, Johns Hopkins, Johnson & Johnson and Toll Brothers, Inc. met with leading solution providers offering a variety of services in the heart of downtown Philadelphia. “This event was like no other event I have ever been a part of,” exclaimed the Director of Human Resources from Martin Insurance Group, “You receive one-on-one time with vendors of your choice and get the time to learn about products you might not have realized were out there.”

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Industry thought leaders also hosted seminars for executive attendees, including New York Times bestselling author and Fortune 500 consultant, Daniel Schawbel.  Mr. Schawbel hosted an intimate seminar to 30 of our attendees, the same seminar that he will later present to more than 3,500 people at SHRM in Washington DC. Topics included leadership, recruiting, talent management, management training, and leveraging technology in the human resources industry.

“Not only was this experience great for meeting vendors, but also for getting the chance to talk to other individuals in similar roles to me,” said the Head of Senior Recruitment from Suarez Corporation following numerous networking activities and meals. Delegate attendees connected with both vendors and peers during a gala dinner where lobster ravioli and cheesecake were both a huge hit! Later that night, attendees took to the blackjack tables for a chance to win a grand prize.

Toll Brothers.jpg

On day two, everyone was back to business for more meetings and seminars. Before heading back to their offices, attendees participated in a raffle prize drawing over lunch where National Vice President of Training from Toll Brothers, Cynthiann King, took home an online one-on-one assessment from Taking Flight Learning. Other winners included Rene Persin of Hartford Funds and Patrick Paul of Anderson Center for Autism who both took home Seiko watches. Vendors who participated in the draw prizes included DeVry University, Stewart Leadership and CareerArc.

Did you miss out on this summit? Don’t worry – you can participate in upcoming summits taking place in San Francisco, CA on November 14-15, 2016. For more information, contact Event Manager & VP of Business Development Shane Doherty, here.


Chance Heads Up New IT Security Sector at Total Security Summit

xavier chance.jpgThe Total Security Summit is launching an IT/Network Security sector as part of the 2016 event program headed by Event Manager and Specialist Xavier Chance.

By adding IP and IT security to the list of areas covered, the Total Security Summit will become a more inclusive event focusing on topics ranging from physical security to IT, including audit security, computer network security, data security and information security management.

“It’s important for us to acknowledge a need within our audience and then tailor it to our events,” says Forum Events CEO Steve Parsloe, “We see that IT security plays a massive part in protecting today’s largest companies, and I’m confident that Xavier will make the latest IT technology and solutions his passion in this year’s program.”

With a background in communications, Chance has experience in numerous industries including human resources, training and development, contact centers, customer service, and physical security. His interest in new technologies and solutions makes him the perfect candidate to drive the latest addition to the Total Security Summit.

“With technology advancing at a fast pace, we need to be prepared for any security threats. By focusing on IT Security, I want to bring in new ideas that can lead to solving the security threats of the present and the future as well,” says Chance of the new expansion.

The Total Security Summit is a complimentary appointment-based event for senior-level executives in the security industry. The Summit hosts one-on-one meetings between solution providers and security executives based on their profile, along with a seminar program and numerous peer-to-peer networking opportunities.

See upcoming dates below and click the link to register. For more information on how you can attend as a solution provider, click here.

Total Security Summit           Hasbrouck Heights, NJ - May 16-17, 2016  Register Here
Total Security Summit    City of Industry, CA - September 26-27, 2016   Register Here

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Summit Recap: New Orleans 2015

laughing delegate.jpgNEW ORLEANS, LA - A vibrant city set the scene for an energetic group of Directors at the HR & Employee Benefits Summit at the Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans on September 14th and 15th. With targeted appointments, attendees benefited from the perfect balance of productivity and entertainment including networking, book signings, seminars, gala evenings and lively giveaways.

Starting with the pre-event cocktail reception taking place on Sunday evening, attendees did not hesitate to make new connections while watching a lively corner of the French Quarter from balconies. 

Early Monday morning, following a brief registration and after chatting over breakfast with other attendees, vendors and delegate attendees begin to meet for the first round of meetings. "This was my first experience at an event with this design," recalls the Director of HR at America's Pizza Company, LLC. "It was absolutely more efficient and effective than a standard exhibition. The time spent with service providers was much more productive!"

For new attendees at the Summit, the set up is oddly unfamiliar in comparison to a trade show. The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans grand ballroom played a decadent back drop as the room took off with enthusiastic introductions. "It was great that I could actually have a conversation one-on-one with a vendor," emphasized an attendee from Delgado Community College.

Monday continued with a busy schedule of seminars led by industry experts including Laura Putnam, a celebrated author specializing in workplace wellness, and hiring experts Teresa Faoro Sertic and Johnny Keone Simmons - who are in search of the purple squirrel - human resources' lingo for the 'perfect' candidate. Also leading a seminar, Lisa Reuth - a prized speaker who shared her insight into training, development and retaining staff. 

By five o'clock Monday evening, new acquaintances were already preparing for the night's festivities - a cocktail reception, gala dinner followed by casino night. The aroma of garlic filled an entire elegant room set with black table cloths and red roses - Creole style shrimp simmered in a cajun sauce at a food station as guests mingled over cocktails. Following a dinner of short ribs, beautifully tender fish and sweet deserts, the true gamblers struck out for a test of their luck at casino night.

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Attendees gathered around black jack and roulette tables, laughing and shaking hands as they celebrated big wins. The grand prize? A free year's worth of movie tickets from Fandango. By 10:30 that evening, guests were cashing in their chips for a chance to win and retiring for the evening for an early start again the next morning.

On day two of the HR & Employee Benefits Summit, meetings picked up bright and early as attendees continued with their itineraries of meetings and seminars. An equally busy day continued throughout Tuesday, ending with a closing luncheon and prize giveaway. The Forum Team drew door prizes from Trainer's Warehouse, the Ritz-Carlton, Seiko and Laura Putnam. 

 



What We're Doing Behind the Scenes

Countdown-SDbw.gifThe Training & Development Summit will kick off in less than one month, on September 14th and 15that the Ritz-Carlton, New-Orleans.

For those that have taken advantage of the complimentary registration, you are aware of the event’s progress thus far – but over the next few weeks, the real fun will begin!

Behind the scenes, a team of event managers and coordinators is working to facilitate the needs of all attendees. This process includes everything from operational processes like hotel and room reservations and gala dinner menus, to last-minute correspondence with attendees – all to ensure the smoothest possible matching process.

Just two weeks before the event (around the first week of September), each attendee will receive a catalog of confirmed solution providers and seminars via email. You will have to digitally select the solution providers that stand out to you, along with the seminars you would like to attend.

When attendees submit this information – it initiates the matching process. This is the most crucial step for the success of the event! Using this information, the Training & Development Summit Team begins building each attendee's personal itinerary, taking into account individual upcoming projects, selected providers and chosen seminars. 

During registration at the Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans, each attendee will receive their itinerary along with their event program and will finally be able to put a face to the name of the Training & Development Summit Team!

Should you have any questions regarding your attendance at the Summit, or would like to join us at the event as a last-minute participant, please reach out to Event Manager Liz Parsloe at liz.parsloe@forumevents.com


795+ Meetings Held at Total Security Summit - Houston, TX

event photo houston.JPGThe Total Security Summit dodged flash floods in the Houston Galleria area in the first week of June. As security directors from the area gathered at the JW Marriott, the skies cleared, setting the scene for the first Total Security Summit of 2015.

Delegate attendees, including security directors from Amazon Web Services, American Airlines, Atlanta Braves, Greyhound Bus Lines, Justice Stores, Michelin North America, City of Austin, Starbucks Coffee Company and University of Chicago Medicine, met with providers for a total of 795 combined meetings over the day-and-a-half with solution providers including Assa Abloy, 3M Building Company, Detex, CAP Index, Avigilon, Snaptrends and Axis Communications.

“This was extremely well done. Enjoyed the format, the pace, the flow. List of delegates was excellent. Avigilon has absolutely added revenue to the pipeline, established new relationships and even bolstered old ones. Will definitely be at the next event,” says Avigilon, who attends numerous summits, including the most recent in Houston, Texas.

“The one-on-one meetings are excellent and give one an opportunity to discuss more in depth with the vendor.” – Greektown Casino

Delegate attendees made new connections while also learning about new solutions as part of the seminar program at the summit. For both first-time and return attendees, the event was an intimate networking and educational experience, Amazon Web Services reporting "[The Summit was] very educational and gave good insight. I was able to talk to vendors about product modifications for possible solutions.” For many attending security directors, the format made for a comfortable and relaxing event, "I appreciated the method of vendors coming to your table and the established schedule," says UT System Police, meanwhile Fiesta Mart, Inc. applauded the "relaxing atmosphere."

Following the event, the Forum Team has received feedback from delegate attendees and all have reported they intend to do business with at least one connection they made at the summit. 


Continuing Partnership with the Incentive Marketing Association

The HR & Employee Benefits Summit is proudly continuing partnership with the Incentive Marketing Association (IMA) through 2015-2016.  Working with Executive Director Donna Chrobak, Forum Events is able to continue offering IMA members a discounted rate for all upcoming HR & Employee Benefits Summits.

The partnership between the HR & Employee Benefits Summit and the IMA first originated in 2014. The association is comprised of companies who are leaders in the $76.9 billion incentive industry. The IMA is the only organization in the field representing every segment of the marketplace including: Advertising/Sales Promotion Agencies; Consultants, Distributors;  Gift Card/Certificate Suppliers; Fulfillment Companies; Incentive Houses; Manufacturers; National Marketing Companies; Performance Improvement Companies; Representatives; Recognition Companies, Travel Specialists and the industry’s major trade publications and trade show managers.

Studies conducted by IMA groups have concluded that incentives can increase productivity, boost morale, enhance quality, foster teamwork, decrease absenteeism, improve work habits, ensure safety, reward loyalty and attract and retain quality employees – all practices that the Summit focuses on.

The HR & Employee Benefits Summit brings Senior-level HR & Employee Benefit Professionals together with Solution Providers for a series of one-on-one business meetings along with many networking opportunities. By creating a personalized itinerary for the delegates and vendors that attend, this event is unlike a normal exhibition/trade show. The event also includes interactive discussion workshops with key note speakers focusing on important industry topics, networking breakfasts, lunches, as well as a gala dinner and casino night.

The HR & Employee Benefits Summit will take place on September 12th – 15th,  2015 at the Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans.  For more information on the summit, contact Event Manager & VP of Business Development Shane Doherty at shane.doherty@forumevents.com or by telephone at (941)925-7585, ext. 106.


Forum Events Confirms Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans for the Training & Development Summit and HR & Employee Benefits Summit

NEW ORLEANS, LA - The Training & Development Summit and HR & Employee Benefits Summit will take place at the Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans on September 14th and 15th, 2015. Senior-level HR and training executives will meet at the elite venue just steps from Bourbon Street and the French Quarter for the appointment-based event featuring one-on-one meetings, seminars by world-class speakers, and entertaining networking activities.

As part of Forum Events’ complimentary registration, executives receive free overnight accommodation at the prestigious Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans, all-inclusive dining and refreshments, and a personalized event itinerary.

This historic hotel is set in the 1908 Beaux Arts Maison Blanche building. It features traditional Southern ambiance with an interior that reflects the graciousness of antebellum mansions. With live entertainment, exquisite accommodations, and a five-star rating, this is the ideal setting for executives to comfortably network, learn and connect.

The Training & Development Summit and HR & Employee Benefit Summit are specifically designed for C-suite executives who are actively sourcing new solutions and services in the HR, employee benefits and training industries. Executive attendees are introduced to solution providers who specialize in their upcoming projects during one-on-one, pre-arranged appointments. The events also incorporate 45-minute seminars led by industry leaders in an open-discussion format and networking meals and after-hour activities.

Forum Events is the most effective method for busy executives to source new solution providers and learn about breakthrough services in their industry – 98 percent of attendees report a forum is a “better way to source new suppliers than a trade show,” and 95 percent say they have saved time sourcing and meeting new buyers at a Forum. Using a unique matching software, Forum Events connects executives with sponsors based on information they have provided. Unlike a traditional trade show, attendees are able to speak privately with experts about their companies and develop a plan of action in a no ‘hard-sell’ environment.

Forum Events originated in the United Kingdom in 1996. They have since expanded to the United States to headquarters in Sarasota, FL. The company has hosted more than 250 successful appointment-based events across ten different industries.

To register for either of the summits taking place in September, click here. For more information on Forum Events, contact Yasmin Parsloe at yasmin.parsloe@forumevents.com, or by phone at (941)925-7585, ext. 122.



Kicking Off 2015 With A Successful Summit!

The first Training & Development Summit of 2015 is marked as another great success. Testimonials continue to pour in following the summit which took place in Los Angeles, California last month with more than 70 registered delegates including Activision Blizzard, Inc., ArcelorMittal, Kimpton Hotels, MGM Resorts International, Panasonic Avionics Corporation, Panda Restaurant Group, Technicolor, The Walt Disney Company and Wells Fargo in attendance.

Extracurricular networking activities were also a fun, productive way for attendees to network and connect! During the evening gala dinner and casino night, both sponsors and delegates met over meals and again at roulette tables for a more laidback experience.Following registration on day one, the main ballroom where one-on-one meetings were held was thriving, with Child Development, Inc. saying “[It’s] nice to have one-on-one conversations about the products/services and our needs.” While each attendee was given a personalized itinerary, their meetings were separated by industry seminars and networking break outs. During the time between meetings, attendees also browsed a sponsor lounge which is designed for sponsors to showcase their services, “Having exposure and having the opportunity to gain a better understanding of what is not there [in my current practices] is very helpful,” said one director of The Walt Disney Company. 

The Training & Development Summit seminar program was packed with industry hot topics, including a seminar led by author of Just Listen, Mark Goulston, MD and CEO of The Goulston Group and Goulston Group Productions. An interactive favorite led by Alan Fine, a renowned trainer, speaker and performance expert, was “You Already Know How to be Great,” which emphasized the power of focus in numerous partner activities. Entire classrooms left each seminar with a greater understanding of their field and how to improve.  

“I found the event staff to be fabulous and accommodating. The location was also a great choice and the event structure, simply genius!” said Kimpton Hotels. The Summit took place at the Pacific Palms Resort, a recognized two-championship golf resort which was the perfect blend of luxury and outdoors aesthetics!

Attendees left the Summit enlightened, refreshed and prepared to tackle upcoming goals!

“This event was amazing and I am grateful we had the opportunity to participate!” - National CORE. 


Kicking Off 2015 With A Successful Summit

The first HR & Employee Benefits Summit of 2015 is marked as another great success. Testimonials continue to pour in following the summit which took place in Los Angeles, California last month with more than 70 registered delegates including Activision Blizzard, Inc., ArcelorMittal, Kimpton Hotels, MGM Resorts International, Panasonic Avionics Corporation, Panda Restaurant Group, Technicolor, The Walt Disney Company and Wells Fargo in attendance.

Extracurricular networking activities were also a fun, productive way for attendees to network and connect! During the evening gala dinner and casino night, both sponsors and delegates met over meals and again at roulette tables for a more laidback experience.Following registration on day one, the main ballroom where one-on-one meetings were held was thriving, with Child Development, Inc. saying “[It’s] nice to have one-on-one conversations about the products/services and our needs.” While each attendee was given a personalized itinerary, their meetings were separated by industry seminars and networking break outs. During the time between meetings, attendees also browsed a sponsor lounge which is designed for sponsors to showcase their services, “Having exposure and having the opportunity to gain a better understanding of what is not there [in my current practices] is very helpful,” said one director of The Walt Disney Company.

The HR & Employee Benefits Summit seminar program was packed with industry hot topics, including a seminar led by author of Just Listen, Mark Goulston, MD and CEO of The Goulston Group and Goulston Group Productions. An interactive favorite led by Alan Fine, a renowned trainer, speaker and performance expert, was “You Already Know How to be Great,” which emphasized the power of focus in numerous partner activities. Entire classrooms left each seminar with a greater understanding of their field and how to improve.  

“I found the event staff to be fabulous and accommodating. The location was also a great choice and the event structure, simply genius!” said Kimpton Hotels. The Summit took place at the Pacific Palms Resort, a recognized two-championship golf resort which was the perfect blend of luxury and outdoors aesthetics!

Attendees left the Summit enlightened, refreshed and prepared to tackle upcoming goals!

“This event was amazing and I am grateful we had the opportunity to participate!” - National CORE. 


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